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Intermediate 2

You usually take these courses if you:

  • have finished Standard Grade General level; or
  • want to take an alternative to Standard Grade Credit level; or
  • want to take up a new subject at school or college.

Generally, three national units (blocks of work that usually take 40 hours to finish) plus 40 hours flexible time make up these courses. 
 

Chemistry: Intermediate 2

Why Chemistry?

This course is designed to provide a broad coverage of key concepts in Chemistry and demonstrates the relevance of Chemistry in our everyday lives. It provides a bridge between Standard Grade Chemistry at General level and further study at Higher. In addition it provides you with background knowledge and problem solving skills which are valuable in a wide range of career paths.

Entry to the Course

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following

  • Standard Grade Chemistry at grades 3 and 4
  • Intermediate 1 Chemistry units or course
  • Standard Grade Biology, Physics or Science at grades 1 to 3
  • Intermediate 2 Biology or Physics units or course
  1. Standard Grade Mathematics at grades 3 and 4 or Intermediate 1 Mathematics.

Course Outline

Building Blocks

This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of:

  • substances
  • reaction rates
  • the structure of the atom
  • bonding
  • structure and properties
  • chemical symbolism
  • the mole.

Carbon Compounds

This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of:

  • fuels
  • nomenclature and structural formulae
  • reactions of carbon compounds
  • plastics and synthetic fibres
  • natural products.

Acids, Bases and Metals

This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of:

  • acids and bases
  • salt preparation
  • metals.

Core Skills

  • Int.2 (SCQF 5) Problem Solving (Critical Thinking, Planning and Organising, Reviewing and Evaluating)
  • Int.2 (SCQF 5) Numeracy (Using Graphical Information)
     

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/lecturer and an external examination, set and marked by the SQA.
 

 Progression

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Higher in

  • Chemistry

 
Education or Training (NC/VQ); Employment in

  • Animals, Land & Environment
  • Health & Medicine
  • Manufacturing Industries
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Sports & Leisure